American Airlines AAdvantage has just announced a new promotion offering bonus miles when buying or gifting miles. Under the promotion, you will reveive a 10% discount on the purchase of points, plus receive up to 35,000 bonus miles. The promotion is available until 13 November, 2015.
As is common with many of these offers, the bonus offering is tiered in such a way that you earn more bonus miles as you purchase more points. At the top end of the scale, you can purchase 160,000 miles (inclusive of the bonus). The structure of the offer is as follows:
- Buy 20,000 â€“ 39,000 miles and get 7,000 bonus miles
- Buy 40,000 â€“ 59,000 miles and get 13,000 bonus miles
- Buy 60,000 â€“ 79,000 miles and get 20,000 bonus miles
- Buy 80,000 â€“ 99,000 miles and get 30,000 bonus miles
- Buy 100,000 â€“ 125,000 miles and get 35,000 bonus miles
Under this structure, it is worth noting that the maximum percentage bonus is at when buying points at the lower end of each band.Â So, for example, the percentage bonus on 100,000 points is greater than the percentage bonus on 125,000 points, even though the number of bonus points is the same. In the above table, the absolute best percentage bonus applies when buying exactly 80,000 points.
Purchasing points provides a good way of gaining points to help with making award redemptions. Overall, this promotion looks to be reasonable value, so it may be worth doing your sums to see if it works for you.